IDEX 2017

Kaplan NG demonstrated [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (Stand 10-CO5) is showing its Kaplan New Generation (NG) mobility platform technology demonstrator. This has an all-welded steel hull with an appliqué layer of passive armour, but gross vehicle weight will depend on the armour package and weapon installation. It is typically powered by a 771hp diesel engine coupled to an automatic diesel engine and has a maximum speed of 70km/h.

The Kaplan NG being shown is fitted with rubber band tracks, and cameras provide situational awareness through a full 360º, with the images being displayed at the commander’s, gunner’s, driver’s and dismount positions.

Shown with the FNSS Teber-30 Modular Medium Calibre Turret (MMCT), it is unusually marketed in two different versions, manned and unmanned, to meet different users’ operational requirements, with both of these featuring all-electric turret drives.

The Teber-30 is fitted with the Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30mm MK44 dual feed cannon, which can be upgraded to fire 40mm ammunition, and a 7.62mm MK52 machine gun is mounted co-axial and provided with 750 rounds of ready use ammunition.

Banks of 76mm grenade launchers are mounted either side of the turret and these can be integrated with a laser warning system.

The modular fire control system typically includes two stabilised sights for the commander and gunner, with each of these having day/ thermal channels and an integrated laser rangefinder.

The vehicle at IDEX is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water by two waterjets positioned on either side at the rear of the hull, but this is one of the many options being offered for this new family of tracked armoured fighting vehicles.

It is also fitted with an NBC system and air-conditioning as well as an auxiliary power unit

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